EFL runs educational courses on housing, offering professionals across the career spectrum the chance to build on their knowledge, collectively develop solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the sector today, and use their learnings in their work. Both EFL members and non-members can attend EFL educational courses; EFL members usually receive a discount.

 The EFL – EBZ Europe Summer School


Born in Bochum, Germany in 2017, the EFL – EBZ Summer School offers young professionals from the European housing sector the opportunity to be part of an exclusive international exchange every summer. It is usually organised by EBZ – the European Education Centre for the Housing and Real Estate Sector – in collaboration with EFL, Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing, and the Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO).

The Summer School’s interactive programme combines academic knowledge with the expertise of practitioners to develop concepts and solutions to tackle the key challenges the housing sector faces today. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EFL – EBZ Summer School 2020 edition sadly had to be cancelled. We hope to resume activities for the fourth edition of the Summer School in 2021, pending global circumstances.

Case study: the EFL – EBZ Europe Summer School, 2018

The EFL – EBZ Summer School focused on The Future Role of the Housing Sector in Smart Cities in 2018. 

The digital transformation of cities is a major challenge for city-makers across most of the world. Indeed, new technologies increasingly shape public space and our everyday lives – from smart benches to smart meters. They promise more sustainability through resource efficiency or cleaner mobility, and opportunities for new business models based on data. They also come with risks, however, from biased algorithms to technological surveillance and data privacy breaches.

Taking a critical angle, the Summer School challenged students to reflect on questions like: 

  • Is the “Smart City” really the answer to all our questions? 
  • Will digitalisation make our cities more liveable and help us meet our climate goals? 
  • How can we ensure that the changes are for the benefit of the many and not of the few? 
  • How can the housing sector live up to its role as a forming force of urban neighbourhoods? 

The European exchange of best practices and innovative approaches allowed students to develop new ideas and concepts in interactive workshops, discuss risks related to the development of smart cities and smart homes, see real examples in field visits, meet fellow young housing professionals from other European countries, and grow their personal and professional network.

EFL Executive Course 2021 at Sciences Po

EFL is organising an Executive Course in collaboration with the illustrious Sciences Po University in Paris, where the course will be hosted. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing travel limitations, the originally planned Executive Course in October 2020 has been postponed to March 15-19, 2021. 

We will release the programme and open the registration as soon as possible.

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EFL is results-driven and member-led. Our members are committed to working together to create concrete results – tangible, worthwhile projects. Together, we develop tools and services and co-operate in EU funded programmes. Our members and associates drive and shape our work: our staff act as facilitators, communicators, and consultants. Want access to our unique network of housing actors and projects?


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